A SCOTTISH MP has raised the case of Catalonia’s political prisoners at Westminster, urging the UK Government to condemn what he described as an “outrage”.

Ronnie Cowan, the SNP member for Inverclyde, raised the case of Catalan Parliament Speaker Carme Forcadell, with Foreign Office Minister, Sir Alan Duncan.

He said: “Carme Forcadell was the Presiding Officer in the Catalan Parliament, a position we would call the Speaker.

“Carme has been in prison without trial for over nine months because she facilitated a debate in a debating chamber.

“When she is tried she faces over 16 years in prison.

“When will the UK Government condemn this outrage and stand up for the process of democracy?”

However, Duncan replied that the Government would not intervene.

He said: “This is a matter for the Spanish courts. Every democracy has its own rules, laws and procedures.

“We fully support the proper implementation of the rule of law in Spain and it’s not for us to interfere in the way he suggests.”

Cowan’s intervention came as Spain’s National Court set February 5 for a pretrial hearing to decide if it was competent to hear the cases of former officials of the Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan police.

Former Mossos chief Josep Lluis Trapero, former interior ministry officials, Cesar Puig and Pere Soler, and Teresa Laplana, a former senior officer, were in charge of the force during the raids on government offices by Spanish police in September and the protests that followed.

They are accused of putting the Catalan force “at the service of the plans for independence”.

Puig’s defence team demanded the hearing, arguing that the officials should be tried at the High Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC). Last month, the Supreme Court sent six out of 18 cases to the TSJC in a similar appeal relating to legal jurisdiction.

The prosecutor has called for sentences of 11 years jail for Trapero, Soler and Puig, who are charged with rebellion, and four years for Laplana, who faces a sedition charge.